Posted by: peebles | May 16, 2014

Acts 18:3 (DARBY) ~ For they were tent-makers by trade.

Paul was a tent maker, David was a shepherd, Deborah was a judge, Gideon was threshing wheat, Elisha was ploughing with the twelve yoke of oxen, Daniel was a language and literature teacher, Peter and Andrew were fishermen, Matthew was a tax collector, Luke was doctor, Steven was a waiter and Lydia was a seller of purple cloths. From all walks of life, God calls each and every one of us. Notice if you will, all these people worked for a living before they were called into the ministry. Also, some of them managed to work, so as to provide for their family and tithe unto the Lord, while ministering for the Lord to His people. If we are faithful with the little things, God will trust us with much more.

Even if you are in-between jobs, or you are in school or you are going to college, or even if you are a full time parent, make the most of every opportunity, keep serving God and being faithful with the little things.

Even through Paul was tent maker by trade, he moved in a powerful anointing, and he ministered to those who were a part of the church and those who were outside of the faith. Before Saul of Tarsus became Paul, he worked as a tent maker, and then he studied at the feet of Gamaliel, who was a great teacher of the Jewish law, the best of his time. Saul spent time learning the law and the prophets. He took the time to study and apply his mind to leaning more about God, albeit history, Jewish law and Jewish theology. But when all these men and women received the call to serve God, God used their talent, their education, and their skills to spread the Gospel. There is no such thing as an ordinary person, we are all uniquely extraordinary.

In the film Sister Act, there is this classic piece of cinema brilliance. Sister Mary Clarence (played by Whoopi Goldberg) is trying to teach a group of students in a music class. In an effort to show them that they have the potential to succeed in class, and in life, she improvises her teaching methods in order to get the point across by singing this song to them:

If you wanna’ be somebody, If you wanna’ go somewhere,

You better wake up and pay attention.

As a result, she was able to inspire the students to apply themselves, and they developed a passion to excel in music, which opened the doors for them to enter a choir competition and win. This became a reality for them because they took the time to study and learn.

My friend, I have never read in my Bible that God called people who never wanted to do anything or go anywhere, or whose song was:

Busily doing nothing, working the whole day through,

Trying to find lots of things not to do.

Busily going no where, isn’t it just a crime,

We’d like to be unhappy, but we never do have the time.

God never called anyone to be busy for him who has a lackluster, mediocre, could not careless approach to life, or who is not busy themselves working or doing something. The Bible says in 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV), “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

Whatever area you may find yourself in, albeit in a job, in-between a job, a housewife or househusband, keep busy, always strive to know God more, and study His word. Fill your heart and life with faith. for the Bible says in 1 Samuel 2:30 (KJV), “Them that honor me I will honor.” Therefore, humble yourself before the Lord and He will lift you up, for within you are seeds of greatness which God will cause to grow as you serve Him.

God bless you my friend, Matthew.

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